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Natural Leather Handmade Fairtrade Elm Tote

$98.25
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Fairly made by skilled artisans in India from natural goat leather as a product of small scale community farming.

These bags do not use any chemical tanning as this process has drastic effects on local water supplies and workers health. In fact in the main tanning district of Bangladesh 80% of workers have a serious health issue. Much of the farmland is unuseable and much of the water undrinkable. Our bags are tanned in sunlight and oiled with vegetable oils.

Features:
Two inner zipped pockets
Zip fastening to main compartment
Green canvas lining
Brass hardware

Specifications:
Width 15.5" / 39.5 cm
Height 12" / 30.5 cm
Depth 4" / 10 cm
Handles 23" / 58.5 cm

We have 60 families (thirty women and fifty seven men) producing the bags for us. They live in small communities in a 60km radius of the brothers home. Many of the tailors are ex shoe makers that lost their jobs in the trade shift to China. All tailors are paid a fair commission, with living wage realistically achievable within normal working hours. All tailors work from home and have complete working flexibility. Flexible work is great for our tailors as it means they can work around other commitments such as university and parenting.

For this Collection the leather comes from abattoirs where the animals have come from small-scale and community farming.

We do not use any child, elderly or forced labour. Workers set their own deadlines for what they can produce, meaning no pressure is put on them to meet deadlines. We work around them, so to speak. We also keep work availability consistent by building up stock during quiet times.

We have two master tailors working on this range, They train fellow tailors, create our templates and turn our designs into reality. Babu and Raju are both studying Art at university and these very talented brothers are responsible for The Forest Collection.
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